Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

June 24, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! This is the final show at The Z before we move!!! Absolute last! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

Mitch Barrett

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

June 23, 2018

Award winning singer, songwriter and storyteller Mitch Barrett draws from his Appalachian heritage in celebrating the joys and struggles of everyday life. This 2009 Telluride Troubadour and 2 time Merlefest winner brings the philosophy of the mountains to the contemporary stage in story & song.

AppalachianFunkyFolksyRastaBluesman Mitch Barrett is one of Kentucky’s most sought-after and talented singer, songwriter and storytellers. Mitch’s music draws from his Appalachian heritage and the values it instilled: agrarian work ethic, simple living, the importance of family and celebrating the joys and the struggles of everyday life through music and song.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

WORKSHOP – Mitch Barrett

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

June 23, 2018

We are really excited to offer a special workshop with award-winning songwriter & storyteller Mitch Barrett on Saturday, June 23rd from 1-3 PM. Mitch will be performing later that evening as part of our partnership with Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music, and we’ve asked him to come in earlier to share his unique skill with all interested comers. Mitch’s workshop is a great way for performers of all kinds, from actors to songwriters to storytellers, to add new skills to their repertoire and discover fresh approaches for connecting with an audience. An example of Mitch’s style can be found on YouTube here:

The workshop is only $30, and is limited to 15 participants.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

PLEASE NOTE: THIS LINK IS NOT FOR TICKETS TO THE EVENING CONCERT.

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

June 21, 2018

The Word is in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

 

All-Star Cabaret Show

Final Cabaret of the season!

June 16, 2018

It’s no good sitting alone in your room- come hear the music play! The evening of Saturday, 16 June is your one chance to catch a handful of performers from the last two-and-a-half years of cabaret at the Z before we go dark over the summer and move into our new theater. Stick around afterwards and enjoy Plan B’s final performance at our original location immediately afterwards!”

Plan B Goes Back In Time

A Comedy Variety Show

June 16, 2018

Grab your plutonium for your flux capacitor and join us as Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly and FINAL sketch comedy show before we move to our new home.  We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

$10 online
$15 at the door

 

Maurice Dickson

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

June 09, 2018

You could be forgiven for asking yourself: “Now where have I seen that face before? “Truth is, if you have been floating around Europe for the past 15 years or so, you might well have seen Maurice Dickson, if it was Monday, it must have been Germany …or was it Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, France, North Africa …or the Canary Islands. As they say in Scotland, a stone’s throw from Maurice’s native Northern Ireland, he has `earned his spurs’. The long journey began in 1975 when he started playing, singing and writing. A year later, aged 16 he put together his first band, which belted out his own material and cover versions of the day until 1979 when he traded his engineer’s overalls for the insecurity of a life on the road. Setting off with a guitar, a sleeping bag and £75, he spent four-and-a-half years slogging it round Europe and North Africa, learning the tricks that only that kind of experience can give an artist – how to judge an audience, how to hook it, how to play it, how to reel it in and put it in the bag.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Coffee At Our House

Variety Hour at The Z

June 03, 2018

Creativity comes in all forms at this community infused variety show! See a VB School Board member belt out a showtune! Hear a lawyer play a tune on his sax! We will even hear from one of Armada Hoffler’s construction project managers about the creativity that is going into the building of our new theater! Sing alongs will be part of the fun too!

We are asking everyone to bring some small water bottles and/or juice boxes for From One Hand to Another, a local non-profit providing summer camp programs to at-risk and low income students. We are partnering with them this summer, offering entrepreneurship & dream mapping workshops, and would love to add this kind of support from our community-minded organization to theirs.

For more information email [email protected]

Suggested donation of $5.

A partnership with   

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

June 02, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

The Orange Ave Project

Inspired by true stories

May 25, 2018 to May 27, 2018

Conceived and Written by Connor Norton, Haley Sullivan, and Colin Asercion
Co-Directed by Connor Norton & AJ Palacio

The following are the true accounts of those affected by the Pulse Nightclub tragedy that occurred on June 12th, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Some names are subject to be changed to protect identities. When tragedy affects the Orlando community, how do we respond? how do we treat ourselves and others? and how do those actions affect the world beyond a tragedy that’s already shaken a generation of this nation’s people to it’s core? These are just some of the loaded questions 80 people, over 350 hours of recorded stories and news articles, and more than a year of work hope to bring to a stage in front of you and lead us to the challenging conversations America needs to have.

This will be a Workshop Production; the actors may refer to scripts, there will be fairly complete costumes, and theatrical lighting.

DAVY CROCKETT’S TREMENDOUSLY TALL TALES

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

May 19, 2018

“King of the Wild Frontier” is a name befitting a Tennessee hero with a coonskin cap… but what if there are not one, not two, but three such heroes competing for the title? There’s only one way to tell the real from the imposter: A Tall Tale Telling Tournament! 
Join Davy Crockett, Davy Crockett, and Davy Crockett on a trip through the folklore and tall tales of the American frontier. Enjoy familiar characters such as Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and Johnny Appleseed, and also some not so familiar characters… like hoop-snakes and hide-behinds! Interactive and hilarious; a wonderful adventure for every age.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Gets A Checkup

a comedy variety show

May 19, 2018

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. Mysterious and mystical comedy from the those meddling Plan B Comedy members. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

$10 online

$15 at the door

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

May 16, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

I (Heart) Mom

Mother's Day Cabaret!

May 13, 2018

Our cabaret showcase returns with this Mother’s Day matinee. Up-and-coming performers join together to take turns on the small stage in tribute to mothers the world over. This jewel of a show is the perfect centerpiece of your Mother’s Day plans!

Conceived and Directed by Lindsay Eure

Roy Book Binder – Live at The Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

May 12, 2018

Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the past 45 years! He gave up his Greenwich Village “pad” in the early 1970’s and lived in his “Tour Bus” for the next 15 years criss crossing the US and appearing at festivals throughout Canada & Europe.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Plan B Comedy

AN IMPROV SHOW!

May 05, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

Chris Van Cleave

Live at The Z!

May 04, 2018

Chris Van Cleave, the multi-talented singer songwriter returns to The Z with a brand new show! A one night cabaret that combines songs from shows Chris himself has starred in (including HAIR, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, LES MISERABLES, CHESS, MAN OF LA MANCHA) and selections of his own songs written in various genres with Bart Kuebler on piano.

$18 online

$20 at the door

Sponsored by 

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

May 03, 2018

Dust off your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested door donation $5

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

May 02, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Starship Shenanigans

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

April 28, 2018

Blast off this April with Starship Shenanigans! A fun and interactive, interstellar experience.
The Universe need a laugh. And so do we. The brave crew of the Starship Shenanigan is on a quest to find the perfect joke. Join the space team, travelling to distant planets, in their search to tickle the galactic funny bone. During your journey, you’ll meet a robot named A. Bot, his mechanic, Lou, the starship Captain Zongo, and a cast of zany, intergalactic characters who know a good joke when they hear one. There are billions and billions of jokes, but in the far reaches of space, no one can hear the punchline.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

To Winfield and Back – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

April 28, 2018

Travis Bowman is an acoustic guitarist/harp guitarist from Little Rock, AR. Travis placed 2nd in the 2017 Winfield International Finger-Style Competition. Travis won Ernie Ball’s Acoustic Prodigy Contest in 2014, and released his debut album “Warmth and Green Paper” that same year. First heavily influenced by blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan,Travis turned to fingerstyle after a high school teacher suggested he learn “Little Martha” by Duane Allman. From there he found the music of Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, Stephen Bennett, and Masa Sumide.

Matt Thomas was already credited in the world of fingerstyle guitar and now he’s just placed 3rd at the 2017 Windfield International Finger-Style Competition. He haswon 1st place in both contemporary thumbpicking and open style at the “Home of The Legends International Thumbpicking Competition”. The following year, he returned to be inducted into the Thumbpickers Hall-of-Fame and was asked to compete again which resulted in another 1st place win in contemporary fingerstyle, and 2nd in traditional thumbpicking.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

…Dot Dot Dot…

A Kind of Cabaret with Bart and Shea

April 27, 2018

The unexpected is the norm with unique takes on songs ancient and modern. Chanteuse and raconteuse chimerically meld as Shea spins yarns and weaves tapestries of tales and tones.

$18 online

$20 at the door

Sponsored by 

Plan B In The Key of D

a comedy variety show

April 21, 2018

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show.  We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

$10 online

$15 at the door

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

April 19, 2018

The Word is in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

 

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

April 18, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Christie Lenée – Live at The Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

April 14, 2018

Christie Lenée’s unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Christie’s pieces have been showcased at the NAMM Show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, on stage with artists such as Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls and Stanley Jordan to name a few. Her most recent album “STAY” was one of three finalists for “Best CD of 2016” (Indie Acoustic Project Awards), in addition to the song “Love Who You Are” nominated for a 2016 Posi Award in the category “Songs for Personal Transformation.”

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

April 11, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B Comedy

AN IMPROV SHOW!

April 07, 2018 to April 08, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

Miss. Understood

By Meredith Noel

April 06, 2018 to April 08, 2018

A group of womanist theory students find literature and reality intersecting in the classroom as they wait for their professor to arrive. They begin analyzing text without their instructor present but quickly turn their focus on each other as they wrestle with questions of place, space, and authenticity. Full of comedy, introspection, wit, sarcasm, and self-examination, this one-act dramedy takes the gloves off and pulls no punches.

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

March 29, 2018

Dust off your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested door donation $5

Pam Rose – Live at The Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

March 24, 2018

Few voices have the power to cut to the bone like Pam Rose’s. Layer that over her profound songwriting gift and her consummate musicianship on an assortment of instruments, and you begin to get a glimpse of a real artist.

With longtime writing partner Mary Ann Kennedy, Rose has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, and has won praise for her powerful alliance with Mary Ann as the acclaimed duo Kennedy Rose. The twosome won the ear of rock star Sting and recorded two CDs for his private label Pangaea Records. As an added treat, they were asked to open for him on one of his World Tours. As special guests of Emmylou Harris, Kennedy Rose also performed twice for President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, and later at the Nobel Peace Prize Presentation in Oslo, Norway. As a solo artist, she has been touring with guitar virtuosos John Jorgenson and Tommy Emmanuel, and has recently rejoined Mary Ann Kennedy and Emmylou Harris to do an acoustic tour of Europe and North America in 2006 and 2007.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music 

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Around the World in 80 Days

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

March 24, 2018

This March, take two explorers: add equal parts grand adventure, geography, and suspense. Dash of silliness to taste. 
It’s the turn of the century and the world as we know it is only now being defined. Borders are expanding; horizons are broadening. Despite the new era, do you think you could travel the world in Eighty Days? Well, I say: “Challenge Accepted”! The explorers need YOUR help to make this the trip of a lifetime! Based on the classic novel by Jules Verne, This interactive play will delight children of all ages. Will our explorers make it across the globe on schedule? Only time will tell…

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

March 21, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

It’s Not St. Patrick’s Day Is It?! with Plan B

a comedy variety show

March 17, 2018

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

$10 online

$15 at the door

The Green Fields of Americay

A NEW Cabaret

March 16, 2018 to March 23, 2018

A new, specially-written revue-style cabaret re-telling the story of an Irish immigrant couple and their journey from Cork to New York. The ship docks at the Z just in time for St. Patrick’s day!

Performances Run:

March 16 & 17

March 22 & 23

Wyatt Easterling – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

March 10, 2018

Easterling’s career has been full of chart-topping songs including cuts with Dierks Bentley, Joe Diffie, Billy Joe Royal, Paul Thorn, Neal McCoy, Sons of the Desert, Robbie Hecht and others but these days, Easterling is embracing the life of a troubadour, focusing his energy on bringing his music and his stories directly to his audience. His new CD, Divining Rod, was produced by Chris Rosser. This refreshingly intimate, Folk/Americana album is a bit of a departure from Wyatt’s previous Nashville recordings and highlights, even further, the strength of his songwriting.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

March 07, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B Comedy

AN IMPROV SHOW!

March 03, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

Daniel Champagne – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

February 24, 2018

Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

ROBOTS!

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

February 24, 2018

Far, far into the future, in a world almost exactly like our own, something else rules the earth. Something metal. Something with lots of buttons. Something… robotic. 
Greetings, fellow science fanatics! Welcome to SciTech Industries. Step into our time machine as we set the clock forward a few hundred years, and visit an age where humans share the landscape with chrome counterparts capable of causing countless calamities. Never travelled through time and space? No problem! We have taken every precaution to ensure a safe futuristic experience. Of course, the last time our scientists travelled through time there were a few- minor- glitches… but, nothing to worry about! After all, surely they’ve worked out all the kinks by now. How many times can time travel go wrong?
Take a little trip this February for our most exciting, most high-tech, most futurey adventure yet: “Robots!” Great for all ages.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Shea Seger: Chanteuse

An Evening of Songs

February 23, 2018

Shea Seger lets her inner chanteuse out for an unusual evening of covers and classics in an intimate cabaret format. Accompanied only by piano and the occasional guitar, Shea spellbinds with her dreamlike songcraft and glimmering presence.

Sponsored by 

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

February 22, 2018

The Word is in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

February 21, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B Comedy: the Case of the Missing Shadow

A Comedy Variety Show

February 17, 2018

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. Mysterious and mystical comedy from the those meddling Plan B Comedy members.  We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy

Tickets online $10

Tickets at the door $15

Melissa Aldana – Live at the Z

New music from "back Home" EP Release

February 15, 2018

Chilean native Melissa Aldana is the 2013 Winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, one of the most compelling and prodigious tenor saxophonists of her time. Melissa brings her quartet of bassist Pablo Menares, pianist Mike King, and drummer Tommy Crane to the Z for two sets on the 15th. More info at www.melissaaldana.com

5 Reasons t0 see Melissa Aldana!

Sponsored by 

Sex on Broadway

A Valentine's Cabaret

February 14, 2018 to February 17, 2018

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The Broadway stage is no stranger to drama, comedy, or sex- and often all three at once! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Z with an evening of torch songs, romance, and ribaldry. Our funny, touching, and sexy Valentine card arrives again at the Z for Valentine’s day and the following weekend.

Sex on Broadway is sponsored in part by:

Dave Murphy with Rob Wolfe – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

February 10, 2018

On his appropriately titled American Landscape, Dave Murphy is both a lonesome-voiced Troubadour who sings like a heart newly bruised by distance and longing and an astute observer and chronicler of the American condition. He narrates his tales with wit and brevity. On “Fading Taillights,” Murphy plays the role of the lover choosing to jilt rather than be jilted. Murphy evokes the time and distance of the lost American highway and the poignant role it plays in every American songwriter’s imagination. Half a lifetime of the travel, stories and portraits he has experienced finally has distilled into this lush and resonant collection titled American Landscape.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

WHRO Classical Music Open Mic

FREE event with WHRO!

February 09, 2018

Classical Open Mic comes to Virginia Beach! Join us for a fun, relaxed evening celebrating the vibrancy of our local classical music community, with host Wayla J. Chambo, Flutist

– Classical musicians of all ages are invited to perform a solo or chamber work (under 10 minutes, please).
– You can sign up to play by commenting here or sending a Facebook message, emailing [email protected], or calling 757-889-9474.
– Please tell us your name, instrument, and the title, composer, and length of the piece you want to play (10 minutes max).
– We will provide three music stands; if you need additional stands, please bring your own.

For more information visit the Facebook Event page below.

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

February 07, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

February 03, 2018

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

February 01, 2018

Back by popular demand! Dust off your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested door donation $5

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam!

January 31, 2018

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

The Princess and The Pea

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

January 27, 2018

Princess Leguma has a problem. While travelling far from her home, she is separated from her parents and is lost. A friend escorts her back to her castle only to find that it has been taken over by Lima, an evil queen who refuses to believe Leguma’s story. Queen Lima insists that Leguma prove herself as the princess of the castle, and the rightful heir. And so, Princess Leguma must stand trial to prove to the Kingdom and to herself that she’s the princess she says she is. CTHR’s “The Princess and the Pea” is a delightful new take on the classic fairytale!

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Buddy Mondlock – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

January 27, 2018

Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian, to name just a few. You mightʼve heard his song “The Kid” (recorded by David Wilcox, Peter, Paul and Mary and Cry, Cry, Cry) and maybe even sung it yourself around a campfire. He draws you into his world – where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get you pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if youʼre not careful and where dreams that donʼt come true still count.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Veterans Open Mic Night

with Armed Services Arts Partnership

January 25, 2018

The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) and The Z are excited to bring open mic for veterans, service members, and military family members. This open mic will be open to all types of performers – from comics to storytellers to musicians – and it will provide a platform for veteran artists to showcase their talents, express themselves, and have their voices heard in front of members of the local community. We invite all veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers to apply to perform or read their work.

All performance spots have been filled, but we encourage you to come out and support these veterans!

This event is $5 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds from ticket sales will directly support the programming of ASAP and The Z, respectively.

Plan B Goes Gluten Free

A Comedy Variety Show

January 20, 2018

A healthy alternative for your comedic lifestyle. Plan B Comedy is locally sourced and organic, and chock full of laughter. Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy

Tickets online $10

Tickets at the door $15

See Rock City

By Arlene Hutton

January 19, 2018 to January 21, 2018

Picking up a year after the ending of Arlene Hutton’s critically acclaimed Last Train to Nibroc, this tender and funny sequel follows May and Raleigh through the end of World War II and introduces the characters of their two mothers-in-law. A medical condition keeps Raleigh from military service, and he is forced to sit idly on the porch, watching the cars drive by, as May supports them both as a high-school principal. Faced with daily rejection letters for his writing, constant criticism from his mother and taunts of cowardice from townspeople, Raleigh fights to find meaning in his new life. When tragedy strikes the family and May loses her job to returning soldiers, she discovers she must make an unimaginable sacrifice to save her relationship with Raleigh. This tender portrayal of married life, set against the backdrop of World War II, shows the best of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any and all obstacles.

Tickets to SEE ROCK CITY are a $10 donation at the door only the day of the performance. Credit cards will be accepted.

Grotesquerie Lake

A New Musical by James Rubio

January 12, 2018 to January 14, 2018

When the carnival comes to Youngstown in the summer of 1976, recent high school graduate and aspiring amateur magician Frank gets drawn into the enchanted world behind the curtains. His skill in the shooting galleries makes him a hero to the barkers, carnies, and townspeople as it simultaneously makes him a marked man in the eyes of the wizard behind the carnival’s trickery.

This will be a Studio Reading; the actors will have script in hand, there will be some scenic elements and projections, minimal costumes, and theatrical lighting.

Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

Shea Seger A-Caroling

Sing-a-long concert

December 17, 2017

Join the Z’s resident artist Shea Seger for an evening of sing-along holiday music and good cheer. Shea and friends celebrate in her unique style, informed by sojourns in London, the Texas Hill Country, and Virginia. This special Sunday show on 17 December is the perfect end to a busy weekend or start to a peaceful week!

Sponsored by 

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

December 16, 2017

Based on the holiday classic from the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: the incomparable L. Frank Baum.

Where did Santa Claus come from? In this timeless tale, the beloved symbol of Christmas is placed into the world of imaginative folklore. From his humble beginnings in an enchanted forest of mythical creatures to his toy deliveries to all the world’s children, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a must see for everyone this holiday season.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Keeps the Gift Receipt

A Comedy Variety Show

December 16, 2017

Deck the halls with sketch comedy. Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. Stuffed with brand new tidings of festive comedy! We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy

Tickets online $10

Tickets at the door $15

Holidivas

A Holiday Cabaret

December 14, 2017 to December 16, 2017

The Z’s annual end-of-year holiday show featuring a diverse collection of divas returns for one weekend only! Celebrate the magic of the holidays with songs both old and new sung by some very talented divas! Put on your best holiday garb or ugliest sweater and watch these Holidivas sweet talk you, serenade you, touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. The perfect show during this cheery, frustrating, festive and chaotic time of year.

Sponsored by 

Little Doors – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

December 09, 2017

Little Doors is a musical group that wanders through this seemingly endless canon of great songs, gathering tunes like shells on the beach and taking them home to enjoy again and again. Simply presented with vocals, guitar and upright bass, these songs take the listener to a place in their past; a place of nostalgia evoking forgotten joys or heartaches, sometimes with a fresh appreciation that comes from having been away from an old friend for too long.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by 

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Evan Hannah Winter Special

Pop Up Holiday Extra!

December 07, 2017

Inspired by his favorite holiday specials over the years, Evan Hannah’s Winter Special explores a story about how the most unexpected people can remind you that the holidays are still a time for love, fun, and joy when you need it the most. Featuring Special Guests: Dustin Furlow, Kaleeha Charles, Kayin’Cemal, and more! It’s a vibe you don’t want to miss.

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

December 02, 2017

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

$10 online

$15 at the door

Plan B Comedy Leftovers Edition

A Sketch Show

November 25, 2017

Plan B Comedy is coming over for holiday leftovers. Watch Plan B perform some scripted sketch comedy that’ll cure that holiday food coma and leave you asking for seconds! Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

The Writers Block

FREE event with WHRO!

November 19, 2017

The Writer’s Block features live performances of local writers, poets, and storytellers along with music by a regional musician. For November, all performances will be centered on a theme: Home & Hearth. We hope you will join us to hear some of the greatest talent in Hampton Roads.

Theme: Home & Hearth
Musical Guest: Michael Glass

Want to be a part of the show? Submit your work to be considered.

James Lee Stanley – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

November 18, 2017

It is only a long lived singer-songwriter career that lets James Lee Stanley unite the unpredictable creative turns and the eclectic elements that make up his world. His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted with guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric. But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live. These incredible songs, coupled with his outrageously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of hilarity and tenderness and one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by TowneBank

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

The Odyssey (Abbreviated): Or, Homer Writes a Poem

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

November 18, 2017

The clock is ticking. The deadline is looming. And Homer, a student of poetry, is running out of time. After weeks and weeks and weeks of dragging his feet, Homer’s writing assignment is due. The subject? Greek mythology. The task? Compose the longest, most exciting, most fantastical, most adventurous poem ever written: The Odyssey!

Set sail with Odysseus on his journey after the Trojan Wars. Along the way he’ll encounter the Gods of Mount Olympus, outsmart Polyphemus the Cyclops, skirt the island of the Sirens, battle mythical monsters and, with any luck, make it home before dinner.
This November, let CTHR take your family on the most epic of journeys: The Odyssey!

Presented By Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Grateful

Fall Cabaret Showcase

November 17, 2017

Hope. Optimism. Silver linings. Sometimes they seem in short supply, but even in the midst of tragedy, there is always something to be thankful for. Join us in celebrating life, love, and one another as these talented up and coming performers share songs from the heart that are sure to inspire and uplift. GRATEFUL is the perfect way to swing into the season with an attitude of gratitude.

Conceived and Directed by Lindsay Eure

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam

November 15, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

November 11, 2017

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

Shea Seger and Friends

Live at the Z!

November 10, 2017

We welcome Shea Seger, an American singer songwriter who has toured with John Mayer. With a voice that at times recalls the delicate vulnerability of Olivia Newton John, the sultry swagger of Sheryl Crow, the direct irony of Ani DiFranco. She is a combination of heavy modern percussion, singer/songwriter intimacy, bluesy drawl, and effortless pop hooks.

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

November 09, 2017

Back by popular demand! Dust off your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested door donation $5

The Word

An Open Mic for Poets, Storytellers and Fabulists

November 02, 2017

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam

November 01, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Moonshiner

A Musical Fabulism by Bart Kuebler

October 27, 2017 to October 29, 2017

In the closing days of October, 1952, an up-and-coming cabaret singer pays a visit to a washed-up private eye on the outskirts of Chicago. What he discovers about her mild-mannered husband and his peculiar relationship with orbital bodies leads to even wilder revelations about each of them, and to a moment of truth with an unexpected visitor.

Joe Crookston – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

October 21, 2017

Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow.

He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by TowneBank

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Shea Seger and Friends

Live at the Z!

October 20, 2017

We welcome Shea Seger, an American singer songwriter who has toured with John Mayer. With a voice that at times recalls the delicate vulnerability of Olivia Newton John, the sultry swagger of Sheryl Crow, the direct irony of Ani DiFranco. She is a combination of heavy modern percussion, singer/songwriter intimacy, bluesy drawl, and effortless pop hooks.

Sponsored by Towne Bank

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam

October 18, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Mixtape Monday

Featured Speaker Series

October 16, 2017

Veteran local celebrity host Joe Flanagan will quiz two diverse speakers on what they do and let you in the audience join in with your own questions and observations.

FREE EVENT! There will also be Happy Hour drink specials, comfortable padded seats and ample free parking in Town Center.

Speakers include:

Fred Dobbs – Professor and Chair Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Jeff Jaglowicz – Owner-Operator of Sub Zero Ice Cream (Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream)

The Boogeyman Blues

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

October 14, 2017

Our favorite detective, Christie Agatha, cannot sleep.  To solve this particular mystery, she must seek no further than meeting the Boogeyman himself; seeing as how she and her sidekick- the Amazing Mister Mist (stuffed animal extraordinaire) need their rest to solve the neighborhoods…nay, the world’s… biggest mysteries.  With the help of The Sandman, Christie embarks on a journey unlike anyone in the waking world has ever seen.  Unfortunately, meeting the Boogeyman may be the least of Christie’s worries!  This production is a fun romp through Christie’s collecting of clues and is perfect for all ages.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Stick around after the show and Make Your Own Chocolate Bar with The Royal Chocolate. Make a chocolate bar by filling the mold, choosing fun toppings and and decorating the wrapping box! Just an extra $10 at checkout!

Choose Your Own Ending: A Cabaret

No two shows will be the same!

October 14, 2017

 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to cancel our November 3 and 4 performances of Choose Your Own Ending. If you have pre-purchased tickets, we’ll get in touch soon to exchange them for an upcoming cabaret performance. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will join us for our November cabaret Grateful and our popular holiday cabaret, Holidivas in December!

The Z’s brand of New York City “downtown” cabaret debuts this fall with an audience-participation twist. Throughout the evening, you have a hand in picking which songs will be sung as different performers take turns breaking the fourth wall and putting their own spin on classics old and new. No two shows will be the same!

Performances run:

September 29 & 30

October 12 & 13

 

It’s Almost Christmas

A Halloween Sketch Show

October 14, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy, and this time it’s Halloween inspired!

Doug MacLeod & Zack Salsberry – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

October 07, 2017

MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.

Doug is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, most recently the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and the Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by TowneBank

NO DISCOUNTS OR COUPONS ARE VALID FOR THIS SHOW

Meet Your Maker

Mark Twain and Jim

October 06, 2017

Meet Your Maker” is a series of unscripted conversations between fictional characters and their authors. In the first installment of this series, Mark Twain will be talking with Jim, the slave freed during the controversial ending of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Ryan Clemens and Beatty Barnes star, with the conversation moderated by Hampton Roads own Chris Hanna.

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam

October 04, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Build Your Own Fairytale

Presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

September 30, 2017

Bucket of Monkeys Improv Troupe

CTHR’s acclaimed improvisational troupe creates a fun and interactive play especially for you! Rowdy, interactive, and enjoyable for children and adults alike, the “Monkeys” will give a one of a kind performance that your audience will be talking about for years to come. September’s theme is “Build Your Own Fairytale”, in which the audience (that’s you!) decides the story.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads 

Plan B Comedy

An Improv Show!

September 23, 2017

Plan B Comedy brings their unique energy and fun to The Z for an improv show! It’s all made up on the spot based on suggestions from you, the audience. We literally can’t do it without you!

Shea Seger and Friends

Live at the Z!

September 22, 2017

We welcome Shea Seger, an American singer songwriter who has toured with John Mayer. With a voice that at times recalls the delicate vulnerability of Olivia Newton John, the sultry swagger of Sheryl Crow, the direct irony of Ani DiFranco. She is a combination of heavy modern percussion, singer/songwriter intimacy, bluesy drawl, and effortless pop hooks.

Sponsored by Towne Bank

The Word

An Open Mic for Poets, Storytellers and Fabulists

September 21, 2017

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Arborophilia, or The Chopping Block

A Fantasia in Two Acts by Jacob Appel

September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017

A solidly Democratic New York City matriarch finds herself losing control when her elder daughter falls in love with a Republican as her younger daughter falls for…a poplar tree in the adjacent vacant lot. The modern world is examined with all the absurdities of its various jury duties, anthropologies, and title searches exposed.

MSG – Acoustic Blues Trio – Live at the Z

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

September 09, 2017

An M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio concert is not just a performance, it is a complete emotional journey from joy to tears. It’s an event where everyone can participate and share in the celebration of life.

M.S.G. has been together for nearly fifteen years and have produced four CDs. They are proud to say their latest effort, THE FLOOD received a first-round Grammy nomination under the category of Best Traditional Blues Album. Locally, Veer Magazine nominated M.S.G. in the categories of Best Blues CD and Band of the Year.

Presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

Sponsored by Towne Bank

Plan B Jam

Free Improv Jam

September 06, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Plan B is Your New Step Dad

A Sketch Show!

September 02, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

Friday Night Chic at the Z featuring Heather Mayes

VICTORY: Surviving Life, Love, and other Mysteries.

August 04, 2017

Friday evenings shine through the summer with swanky late nights at the Z.

The Z welcomes Heather Mayes with her solo cabaret, VICTORY: Surviving Life, Love, and other Mysteries.

Some surprise special guests that will be joining Heather on the stage who may or may not have attended the Governor’s School for the Arts.  Audience participation and laughter are key ingredients in this show as Heather gets personal about life, love, and other mysteries.   Musical selections run the gamut including standards and songs from:   Waitress, A Chorus Line, Snoopy, Always Patsy Cline, and composers Kander and Ebb, and Joe Iconis.

Friday Night Chic at the Z featuring Novaczar

One of a kind drag performance

July 28, 2017

Friday evenings shine through the summer with swanky late nights at the Z. Join us as we welcome Novaczar to the Z stage.

Novaczar was created by Noah Spiegel-Blum as a way to express their love for drag, gender bending and performance art. Novaczar a force to be reckoned with and dares the audience to judge for themselves as they encounter this personal journey through growing up, finding yourself and clearing the path to becoming who you truly want to be.

Friday Night Chic at the Z featuring Lindsay Eure

Two's Company

July 14, 2017 to July 21, 2017

Friday evenings shine through the summer with swanky late nights at the Z. Join us as we welcome Lindsay Eure to the Z stage.

One is the loneliest number, three is a crowd, and two is..well, you know the saying! Come to the cabaret, where being alive is reason enough to sing, and friends old and new are celebrated with song! Come as you are, stop by our bar, and share a cocktail with songstress Lindsay Eure and friends as they sing out tunes from Broadway and beyond, celebrating love, friendship and being alive!

Chasing Mother Goose

A show for the whole family!

July 02, 2017 to August 06, 2017

The venerable poet Mother Goose currently presides over a library that houses every piece of literature in existence. Day and night she does her best to keep order and ensure peace among the shelves. But even under her no-nonsense watch, the books have a tendency to get out of hand…

Things come to a head when the White Rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland shows up with the Mad Hatter close behind. Captain Ahab appears when a tattered copy of Moby Dick is returned, only to find that the pages that describe the creature that took his leg have gone missing. Mother Goose and the Hatter have no choice but to comb the other books for Ahab’s lost pages and put him back together before the library opens in the morning. On their journey they pass through Treasure Island, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and many more, all the while fleeing the amnesic Ahab on his misguided mission. A hilariously creative play, rich with audience interaction and touching moments. Suitable for all ages.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Comedy at the Z

Improv! Sketch! Comedy!

July 01, 2017 to August 05, 2017

The Z’s resident improv comedy group, Plan B, returns for a second summer. Plan B combines live sketch, improv, and video in a riotous new show every week that is sure to leave you laughing out loud. No two shows will be the same so come on out and join the comedy revolution. Viva la Plan B!

Friday Night Chic at the Z featuring Tiffany Haas

one night only solo cabaret

June 30, 2017

Friday evenings shine through the summer with swanky late nights at the Z. Join us as we welcome Tiffany Haas to the Z stage.

Tiffany Haas is a Broadway performer, concert vocalist, designer and passionate entrepreneur. Throughout the years her evolving career has traversed the Broadway, symphonies, pageants and teaching. Tiffany has played the role of a lifetime, “Glinda” in the Broadway and National Tour production of Wicked. During her 10-year career on Broadway, she also toured as the dance captain for the Tony Award-winning Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. Tiffany continues to perform regularly with symphony orchestras and regional theaters all over the country.

Don’t miss out on this incredible performance for one night only!

 

Second to Nun – WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL

It Takes a Superior Mother to Make a New World.

June 29, 2017 to August 05, 2017

Book and Lyrics by Anton Dudley

Music by Michael Cooper

Canadian saint Marguerite Bourgeoys hijacks Zeiders American Dream Theater to relive her death-defying journey (The Black Plague! Iroquois scalpers! Randy French soldiers!) to bring women to New France.  A one woman musical about the power of faith, the persistence of invention, and the importance of staying true to your calling, even when you’re the only one who hears it.

Molly Pope stars as Marguerite Bourgeoys. She is a critically acclaimed singer, actor, and entertainer whose shows have played Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Ars Nova, and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. With her thrilling powerhouse vocals, razor-sharp timing, and hilarious and heartbreaking stage presence, Molly was named one of Time Out New York’s “Top Ten Cabaret Acts.”

Read all the RAVE reviews:

REVIEW: VEER Magazine

REVIEW: AltDaily.com

REVIEW: OutWire757

 

Songwriters Live at the Z! with Bill Gurley

last Songwriters show of the season

June 17, 2017

Bill Gurley is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from the Northern Neck of Virginia. Best known initially as a member of ground breaking bands such as The New Morning String Band and Bottle Hill. He also partnered with guitarist Stephen Bennett for many memorable concerts and recordings. His association with Stephen lead to an introduction to jazz bassist Jimmy Masters, a musical collaboration that continues to this day.

Along with showcasing their songs the artists will be interviewed and have a Q & A with the audience.

Hosted by Chris Van Cleave

Sponsored By TowneBank

After Orlando: Stories of Los 49

CONCEIVED BY THE MISSING BOLTS PRODUCTION COMPany

June 09, 2017 to June 10, 2017

Artists from across Hampton Roads come together to remember the lives of those that were lost on June 12, 2016 with the production After Orlando: Stories of Los 49. Join these talented artist as the emotions and feelings of activists, writers, survivors, and more are encapsulated in 16 short plays written by famous playwrights such as Neil Labute to Amina Henry.
Directed by Connor Norton, Kat Martin, Ricardo Melendez, and Lindsay Eure with music by Jake Hull…this performance processes to be as cathartic as it does inspiring for activists, allies, and community members alike. Five dollars of all tickets will be donated to Access AIDS Care and The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads, while the rest will be donated to The Orange Ave Project.
 
Special Silent Auction and Raffle will be available at 6PM on Friday, June 9th.
 
For more information on The Orange Ave Project, visit www.orangeaveproject.org

 

THIS PERFORMANCE WILL BE HELD AT:

The Governor’s School for the Arts Dalis Black Box Theatre
254 Granby St
Norfolk, VA 23510

Jason Kypros vs The Industrial Revolution

ONE MAN SHOW!

June 02, 2017 to June 04, 2017

In this one person show, Jason Kypros takes an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most major influences on our society today. The Industrial Revolution has shaped how we live as well as who we are, both in this country and abroad. Jason’s unique approach to storytelling utilizes History, Philosophy as well as his own personal life experiences to create an enlightening evening that will have you laughing as well as thinking.

I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff: The Absolutely True Story of the Big Bad Wolf

Family Show

May 27, 2017

You think you know the story. Pigs. Houses. Red Cloaks. Taking baskets to Grandma’s house. But you’ve never heard the real story – until now!
Boss Beulah Bell (a proper Southern pig) is in charge of a little patch of countryside in the Fairytale Woods. But for Beulah, being the star of The Three Little Pigs isn’t enough. With the help of her dimwitted daughter Petaline and a well-intentioned want-ad Wolf, she plans to alter all the fairytales beyond repair.
With the help of the audience, Petaline Prunella Pig and Wyoming Wolf (a.k.a. The Big Bad) vie to stop Beulah in her quest to change the fairytales as we know them into new works, such as “The Little Pig-maid”, “Pig-nocchio”, and “Snow Pig and the Seven Dwarves”.
An engaging and interactive production that will entertain the youngest audience members, the seasoned theatre-goers, and everyone in between!

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Defends Their Thesis

with Plan B Comedy

May 27, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly improv show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

May 25, 2017

Dust of your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

Jazz Club at the Z

with Eddie Williams

May 21, 2017

Craving good music or just a great way to end the weekend on a high note? Join The Z’s own resident jazz artist Eddie Williams in an evening of all things jazz. Eddie welcomes such great guest musicians from the area for an evening of great music and inviting atmosphere. Grab a drink from the bar and settle in for an evening of jazz.

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

May 17, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

To Mama, With Love

Spring Cabaret Showcase

May 14, 2017

Our cabaret showcase returns with this Mother’s Day matinee. Up-and-coming performers join together to take turns on the small stage in tribute to mothers the world over. This jewel of a show is the perfect centerpiece of your Mother’s Day plans!

Conceived and Directed by Lindsay Eure

Sofia Talvik

Live at the Z!

May 13, 2017

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. A veteran performer with 6 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. Experience Sofia’s music with this one night only concert, live at the Z.

Mark Twain, Music and Whiskey

“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”

May 12, 2017

Hooray for Mark Twain, music, and WHISKEY! Whether you’re in total agreement or a teetotaler, you’ll enjoy spending an evening with America’s best loved author, humorist, and storyteller. Mark Twain, Music, & Whiskey is an event which brings Twain’s wit, wisdom, and “nineteenth century stand-up comedy” to life. Created by and presented by Ryan Clemens, a professional actor and genuine relative of Samuel L. Clemens (the real name of author Mark Twain), this fun and festive production offers the musical talents of banjoist Reg Lanning and vocalist Samuel Flint. Join us for a one-night only chance to enjoy good drinks, good laughs, and a chance to personally encounter the humor and heart of an American literary legend.

Songwriters Live at the Z! with Skye Zentz

One Night Only!

May 11, 2017

Over the last decade, Skye has made a name for herself in the Hampton Roads area with her infectious, uplifting energy, honest lyrics and memorable melodies. Her releases have earned her multiple local nominations for Song of the Year (both in the 2007 Portfolio Music Awards and the 2013 and 2014 Veer Music Awards). Skye took home the Veer Music Award for Best Acoustic/Folk in 2013 and Best Busker in 2015. She also received the 2016 Music Video of the Year Award for her original Norfolk anthem “The Tide”.

Along with showcasing their songs the artists will be interviewed and have a Q & A with the audience.

Hosted by Chris Van Cleave

Sponsored By TowneBank

The Telling Project

Your military, their stories

May 05, 2017 to May 07, 2017

The Telling Project facilitates meaningful contact between veteran and civilian populations on a community level. Veterans and veterans’ family members step forward as performers and after interview, performance training, and rehearsal, the ‘performers’ tell their stories of service to their communities.

Co-presented with Virginia Arts Festival

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

May 03, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Jazz Club at the Z

with Eddie Williams

April 30, 2017

Craving good music or just a great way to end the weekend on a high note? Join The Z’s own resident jazz artist Eddie Williams in an evening of all things jazz. Eddie welcomes such great guest musicians from the area for an evening of great music and inviting atmosphere. Grab a drink from the bar and settle in for an evening of jazz.

Burning Sugar

A Theatrical Concert Experience

April 27, 2017 to April 29, 2017

Burning Sugar is the concert experience supporting Emerging Artist Evan Hannah’s upcoming project Hissing Sounds. Visually, Burning Sugar is arrestingly intimate story of a black American Boy. It opens up his journey with the light and the dark touching on queerness, child abuse, and more, through the media of songs, video, lights, and magic. This one-of-a-kind show crosses traditional theatrical borders as the narrative unwinds, blurring the distinction between play, concert, performer, and audience.

Join us as the first audience to see this fully staged production.

Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

Bucket of Monkeys Improv Troupe Presents: Robin Hood

Family Show

April 22, 2017

CTHR’s acclaimed improvisational troupe creates a performance especially for you! Rowdy, interactive, and enjoyable for children and adults alike, the “Monkeys” will give a one of a kind show that your audience will be talking about for years to come.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

It’s April; Fool! A Sketch Show

with Plan B Comedy

April 22, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

Queen Mary Disco Party

Funkytown Friday!

April 21, 2017

Bring your friends, bring your boogie shoes, and bring those dollar bills y’all! Queen Mary is back! This hardworking dancing queen is getting down and turning that beat around, so let’s make sure the energy is stayin’ alive all night!

The Word

An Open Mic for Storyrellers, Poets and Fabulists

April 20, 2017

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

April 19, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Mixtape Monday

New Lecture Series

April 17, 2017

What do a tax auditor and a chocolatier have in common?

You have to come to Mixtape Monday at Zeiders American Dream Theater to find out.

Meet Molly Morneault from Cherry Bekaert LLP and Terry Restin from The Royal Chocolate in this next installment of Mixtape Monday!

Veteran local talk show host Joel Rubin will quiz these two diverse characters on what they do (taxes taxes taxes…and chocolate chocolate chocolate) and let you in the audience join in with your own questions and observations.

FREE EVENT! There will also be Happy Hour drink specials, comfortable padded seats and ample free parking in Town Center.

Meet the Musicians

FREE EVENT!

April 09, 2017

Meet and mingle with some of the amazing and talented musicians of Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Z. Join a handful of different musicians after their performance of Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5. The concert will take place at the Sandler Center followed by Meet the Musicians at Zeiders American Dream Theater. Come ask them anything!

No ticket necessary and no charge at the door!

Musicians TBA

It’s April; Fool! An Improv Show

with Plan B Comedy

April 08, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly improv show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

A Canary and A Crooner

Spring Cabaret

April 07, 2017 to April 08, 2017

The Z becomes a swanky cabaret club for an evening of songs and stories in the classic style of Bobby Short, Édith Piaf, Noël Coward, and Rosemary Clooney. Expect dazzling vocal performances backed with amusing and touching anecdotes as we spin a fresh take on the classic cabaret form by performing songs never sung by any of those classic artists!

Conceived by Bart Kuebler

Directed by Lindsay Eure

Songwriters Live at the Z! with Dustin Furlow

One Night Only!

April 06, 2017

Dustin Furlow is a 23-year-old, Virginia-based singer/songwriter/guitarist. Playing just over 231 shows in 2016, he is almost always engaged in studio-time, writing, or performing and is currently at work on his third project “Shelter”.

In February 2017, he took home the Veer Magazine award for “Best Acoustic/Folk Artist” in the Hampton Roads area for 2016.
He also recieved nominations for “Song of the Year” (The Garden), and “Album of the Year” (The Sound That You Call Home).

Along with showcasing their songs the artists will be interviewed and have a Q & A with the audience.

Hosted by Chris Van Cleave

Sponsored By TowneBank

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

April 05, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Saint Irene’s

A New Play by Manoli Kouremetis

March 31, 2017 to April 02, 2017

St. Irene’s Greek Orthodox church is in crisis. The church leaders realize that they have the opportunity to pull themselves out of debt, but by the use of dubiously acquired funds. This leads to a debate between legacy and faith as the church leaders must choose between what is right and what is reasonable.

Join us as the first audience to see a staged reading of this developing new work.

Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

The Standard Conversation

with Eddie Williams

March 26, 2017

Join The Z’s own resident jazz artist Eddie Williams in an evening of conversation about all things jazz. Eddie has welcomed such great guest musicians like Jim Masters, John Toomey, Rich Mossman among others. Who will play next alongside Eddie? Bring your intellect and your instrument!

Suggested $5 door donation

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

March 23, 2017

Dust of your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

Meet the Musicians

FREE EVENT!

March 19, 2017

Meet and mingle with some of the amazing and talented musicians of Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Z. Join a handful of different musicians after their performance of Verdi: Requiem. The concert will take place at the Sandler Center followed by Meet the Musicians at Zeiders American Dream Theater. Come ask them anything!
Scott McElroy, Principal Trombone
Rodney Martell, Bass Trombone
Peter DuBeau, Principal Tuba
Benjamin Rous, Resident Conductor

No ticket necessary and no charge at the door!

 

Davy Crockett’s Tremendously Tall Tales

Family Show

March 18, 2017

“King of the Wild Frontier” is a name befitting a Tennessee hero with a coonskin cap… but what if there are not one, not two, but three such heroes competing for the title? There’s only one way to tell the real from the imposter: A Tall Tale Telling Tournament!
Join Davy Crockett, Davy Crockett, and Davy Crockett on a trip through the folklore and tall tales of the American frontier. Enjoy familiar characters such as Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and Johnny Appleseed, and also some not so familiar characters… like hoop-snakes and hide-behinds! Interactive and hilarious; a wonderful adventure for every age.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

The Word

An Open Mic for Storyrellers, Poets and Fabulists

March 16, 2017

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

March Radness

with Plan B Comedy

March 11, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly improv show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

Mixtape Monday

New Lecture Series

March 06, 2017

What do Lowell the Hammer Stanley, our region’s most “notorious” personal injury lawyer…and Chris Richeson from Chesapeake Bay Distillery have in common?

You have to come to Mixtape Monday at Zeiders American Dream Theater to find out.

Veteran local talk show host Joel Rubin will quiz these two diverse characters on what they do (cash, cash, cash…and vodka, vodka, vodka) and let you in the audience join in with your own questions and observations.

FREE EVENT!  There will also be Happy Hour drink specials, comfortable padded seats and ample free parking in Town Center.

 

Morning To Morning

Pop Up Exhibition

February 18, 2017

Zeiders American Dream Theater Emerging Artist, Evan Hannah is presenting a collective visual and performing arts exhibition that was originally inspired by his debut EP THE MORNING. It’s centered around and celebrates the work of artists of color as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community and women.

This year we have the visual work of Micah Scott and Amber Robinson, a mix by Michael Castillo, spoken word by Erica Aquino, and music by Copelana as well as Evan Hannah featuring players from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds will go to The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads.